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The mythical ‘refugee crisis’

The Government claims that the UK has resettled more refugees that any other EU country. However, this figure only refers to a limited, specific UN resettlement scheme and only represents six
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Email campaign to deter airlines from providing Rwanda flights

Freedom from Torture, a campaigning charity, is urging people to email airlines who may be prepared to provide Rwanda deportation flights. A previous emailing campaign encouraged flight companies Privilege Style
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Show compassion to ‘economic migrants,’ urges Catholic writer.

Writer Anne Booth has described  in the Catholic magazine, The Tablet, how her parents, both economic migrants, came over from Ireland in the 1950s to work in England. Her mother
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Braverman’s ‘invasion’ claim is dubious, experts say

Suella Braverman’s claim in her recent parliamentary statement that the south coast of England is being invaded by asylum seekers has caused consternation. Her choice of language has attracted widespread
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Government complicit with inhumane conditions at Manston, MP suggests

A Conservative MP has attacked the government for ‘a breach of humane conditions’ at Manston, a processing centre for asylum seekers.   In an interview on the BBC’s Today programme,
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‘Stop Rwanda’ protest in Dorset

Campaigners from several Poole churches gathered at Sandbanks beach on 29th October, urging the government to drop its scheme deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda.   Protestors launched heart-shaped paper aeroplanes
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Disquiet at Braverman’s return as home secretary

Six days after her resignation because of major security breaches and contravention of the ministerial code, Suella Braverman has been reappointed as home office minister by the new PM, Rishi
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Stop Rwanda Group- demonstration at Sandbanks, 29.10.2022.

Members of Dorset churches are meeting near the Sandbanks car park to release paper heart-aeroplanes to fill the sky with hope and express their opposition to the Rwanda scheme. The
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Home Office accused of “catastrophic failure” to protect child asylum seekers

Ministers have admitted that they have no idea where 222 vulnerable, unaccompanied refugee children have gone, after they disappeared from Home Office-approved hotel accommodation. Seventeen vanished within a day of
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Labour would scrap Rwanda scheme and Braverman resigns

Keir Starmer has confirmed that a Labour government would scrap the Rwanda scheme. This follows the resignation of the home secretary, Suella Braverman, who attracted controversy by saying that it
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Desert Island discs with former Afghan refugee, Dr Waheed Arian

Radiologist Dr Waheed Arian spoke movingly about his experiences as a former Afghan refugee on Desert Island Discs. He arrived as a 15 year-old asylum seeker and was initially confined
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Looking for practical help?

For further information and support, try these websites:

Safe Passage is concerned with refugee and asylum-seeking children:

The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network:

There are also many local groups and councils offering specific support to hosts of Ukranians and other refugees.

In Bournemouth, for instance, the International Care Network supports refugees and asylum seekers in the Bournemouth/Poole area, including language classes and ‘befriending’ schemes.

In north-west London, Families4Peace is offering support to Ukranian refugees and their hosts.

About me

I am a writer and former journalist who volunteers with a refugee charity.

I am convinced that, as a country, we need to welcome refugees. My inspiration comes from my godmother, Trudi Eulenburg, who was granted shelter in the UK from Nazi Germany as a teenager in 1939.

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